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    S3 upraised suspension.

    Looking at getting a bit lower. But ona tight budget.

    Had a read through here and most of the comments are for A3's
    Also searched online and most of the traders don't list S3
    So...
    What are you running on your S3?
    What's it like?
    How much was it and where did you get it from?

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    Damian from DPM performance is on here a lot. He knows the cars and the products well.

    I'm running a kw suspension kit. Purchased for very reasonable price from him. Good all round kit that's firm but comfortable for fast road driving.

    Lowered 20mm front 15mm back as a result. Around £500.

    Ming Blue S3, Stage 3 Hybrid Turbo, Custom Map, Bosch 480 injectors, Custom TIP, Forge FMIC, 3" Downpipe, 200 Cell Sport CAT, Full Stainless, XS Power Mani, 6 Paddle Clutch, Red silicone hoses, LCR Brembo's, Forge 007p, KW Suspension Kit, Green filter, THS Mounts, 11mm & 16mm spacers, H&R Anti-roll bars, RS6 18" alloys, Michelin PS3's, Red Dog Bone Mount, Neuspeed quickshift, Boost Gauge, Aero wipers, LCR splitter, Forge Tie-bars, LED bulbs, Armrest, Custom TT pedals.

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    Problem is nothing is cheap with s3 lowering. you could get a kit for around 200 but chances are you will end up needing or wanting tie bars at another 200. new top mounts and drop links i think. just get ready for more than you think!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daz-20vt View Post
    Problem is nothing is cheap with s3 lowering. you could get a kit for around 200 but chances are you will end up needing or wanting tie bars at another 200. new top mounts and drop links i think. just get ready for more than you think!!
    True. My camber was well off after lowering. Bushes and spacers are also worth doing at the same time.

    Ming Blue S3, Stage 3 Hybrid Turbo, Custom Map, Bosch 480 injectors, Custom TIP, Forge FMIC, 3" Downpipe, 200 Cell Sport CAT, Full Stainless, XS Power Mani, 6 Paddle Clutch, Red silicone hoses, LCR Brembo's, Forge 007p, KW Suspension Kit, Green filter, THS Mounts, 11mm & 16mm spacers, H&R Anti-roll bars, RS6 18" alloys, Michelin PS3's, Red Dog Bone Mount, Neuspeed quickshift, Boost Gauge, Aero wipers, LCR splitter, Forge Tie-bars, LED bulbs, Armrest, Custom TT pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimgrim77 View Post
    Damian from DPM performance is on here a lot. He knows the cars and the products well.

    I'm running a kw suspension kit. Purchased for very reasonable price from him. Good all round kit that's firm but comfortable for fast road driving.

    Lowered 20mm front 15mm back as a result. Around £500.
    When you say kw suspension kit, are you saying you've got coilovers or shocks and springs?

    £500 is cheap if they're coilovers, even for the V1 basic!


    Don't forget that lowering an s3 requires adjustable rear tie rods as well to adjust the rear camber as without them and setting up you'll be destroying the inside of your tyres within no time at all, and the annoying fact about the adjustable rear tie rods is that they can cost as much as the coilovers themselves in some cases!

    Unfortunately lowering an s3 isn't exactly cheap. My last s3 I bought a set of AP coilovers for £430, bought KW adjustable rear tie rods for £185, then got APS to fit them all and do a 4wheel laser alignment once it was all fitted, so the grand total ended up being more like £750, and that was with getting one of the cheapest coilover kits available at the time (about 2 years ago).

    I'm also looking to lower my current s3 on a right budget, so looking at a set of FK AK coilovers (although I had FK's on an old A3 and they were pretty damn firm which resulted in them wearing the top mounts out) or if they are available a set of JOM coilovers as people seem to really rate them for the money with them lasting well as well. These damn adjustable rear tie rods annoy me though!!!
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    Shocks and springs. Wasn't interested in coilovers.

    Picked up h&r anti rolls bars, forge adjustable tie bars and forge hub centric spacers to really nail the handling, the camber how it sits on the road.

    Around ...£500, £250, £300 , £180 respectively + fitting. Then 4 wheel laser alignment at about £70. It all adds up.

    Ming Blue S3, Stage 3 Hybrid Turbo, Custom Map, Bosch 480 injectors, Custom TIP, Forge FMIC, 3" Downpipe, 200 Cell Sport CAT, Full Stainless, XS Power Mani, 6 Paddle Clutch, Red silicone hoses, LCR Brembo's, Forge 007p, KW Suspension Kit, Green filter, THS Mounts, 11mm & 16mm spacers, H&R Anti-roll bars, RS6 18" alloys, Michelin PS3's, Red Dog Bone Mount, Neuspeed quickshift, Boost Gauge, Aero wipers, LCR splitter, Forge Tie-bars, LED bulbs, Armrest, Custom TT pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimgrim77 View Post
    Shocks and springs. Wasn't interested in coilovers.

    Picked up h&r anti rolls bars, forge adjustable tie bars and forge hub centric spacers to really nail the handling, the camber how it sits on the road.

    Around ...£500, £250, £300 , £180 respectively + fitting. Then 4 wheel laser alignment at about £70. It all adds up.
    It sure does!
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    Dolphin Grey I 210 BHP Remap I KW V1 Coilovers I 19"x9.5" all round BBS LM reps I RS4 Anti Roll Bar Kit I S4 Front and Rear Bumpers I Votex side skirts I S4 Aluminium Mirrors I S4 Rear Spoiler I S4 Style Tailpipes I USDM S4 licence plate blank I 6000k HID's I 18 SMD DRL's I Cupra R Splitter I Full RS4 black leather with white stitch optional bucket seat interior I RS4 black headlining I TT S Line FBMFSW I Aluminium Trim I Reverse camera I Full DIS I Cruise Control

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    And soit starts!! poor guy wont know whats hit him. oh well get cracking!!!!

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    Lol.
    I have just seen the auto spell check correction in the title.

    I was expecting it to cost a fair bit.

    I'm getting an awful noise when under load at speeds above about 60mph

    It sounds as though something is rubbing/vibrating inside the top of the rear drivers side wheel arch.

    I have not look yet but am guessing there is a top mount of some description or suspension link that may be worn and causing it.
    So it seems like now is a good time to uprate

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    Could also be a wheel bearing on it's way out, mine is currently humming and gets louder the more I increase the speed.
    B6 A4 2.5 V6 TDi Quattro Sport

    Dolphin Grey I 210 BHP Remap I KW V1 Coilovers I 19"x9.5" all round BBS LM reps I RS4 Anti Roll Bar Kit I S4 Front and Rear Bumpers I Votex side skirts I S4 Aluminium Mirrors I S4 Rear Spoiler I S4 Style Tailpipes I USDM S4 licence plate blank I 6000k HID's I 18 SMD DRL's I Cupra R Splitter I Full RS4 black leather with white stitch optional bucket seat interior I RS4 black headlining I TT S Line FBMFSW I Aluminium Trim I Reverse camera I Full DIS I Cruise Control

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    Has anyone changed a rear wheel bearing on here? Is it a DIY job or need a large press?

    Chz

    2001 S3 (AMK)
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    It's never cheap lowering the S3 but it's worth while it weel for the smile factor once it's done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by g60leigh View Post
    Has anyone changed a rear wheel bearing on here? Is it a DIY job or need a large press?

    Chz
    Afaik they are pressed in. I'm getting my local mechanic to do mine, can't be ar$ed to do it myself, plus I've never done one before so don't want to get stuck halve way through.
    B6 A4 2.5 V6 TDi Quattro Sport

    Dolphin Grey I 210 BHP Remap I KW V1 Coilovers I 19"x9.5" all round BBS LM reps I RS4 Anti Roll Bar Kit I S4 Front and Rear Bumpers I Votex side skirts I S4 Aluminium Mirrors I S4 Rear Spoiler I S4 Style Tailpipes I USDM S4 licence plate blank I 6000k HID's I 18 SMD DRL's I Cupra R Splitter I Full RS4 black leather with white stitch optional bucket seat interior I RS4 black headlining I TT S Line FBMFSW I Aluminium Trim I Reverse camera I Full DIS I Cruise Control

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    Quote Originally Posted by DPM View Post
    It's never cheap lowering the S3 but it's worth while it weel for the smile factor once it's done!

    Damian @ DPM Performance
    That's true, when I had the AP's fitted and aligned on my old s3 it completely transformed the handling on it, from boaty to planted, I had an awesome weekend away in Wales in it for a driving weekend once it was all done, smiles all weekend!
    B6 A4 2.5 V6 TDi Quattro Sport

    Dolphin Grey I 210 BHP Remap I KW V1 Coilovers I 19"x9.5" all round BBS LM reps I RS4 Anti Roll Bar Kit I S4 Front and Rear Bumpers I Votex side skirts I S4 Aluminium Mirrors I S4 Rear Spoiler I S4 Style Tailpipes I USDM S4 licence plate blank I 6000k HID's I 18 SMD DRL's I Cupra R Splitter I Full RS4 black leather with white stitch optional bucket seat interior I RS4 black headlining I TT S Line FBMFSW I Aluminium Trim I Reverse camera I Full DIS I Cruise Control

 

 

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